Evolving news: Today we have come out – Mass uprising of tribal people in West Bengal

By Partho Sarathi Ray, Sanhati.

Nov 13, 2008

The events that have been happening during the last one week in the adivasi (tribal) belt of West Midnapur district in West Bengal are so unprecedented that the authorities do not know how to respond to them, and the media doesn’t understand their significance.

Even the political parties and civil society are at a loss trying to come to terms with what is happening. What had started off as protests against police brutalities have turned into a full scale uprising against state oppression and dispossession. Nothing like this has been witnessed in West Bengal in living memory.

The entire chain of events started after the 2nd November land mine explosion targeting the convoy of West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and union steel and mines minister Ram Vilas Paswan as they were returning from the inauguration of the Jindal Steel Works special economic zone (SEZ) in Salboni in West Midnapore district.

Around 5000 acres of land have been acquired for this project, of which 4500 acres have been handed over by the government and 500 acres have been purchased directly by Jindal from landowners. Reportedly, a large portion of this land was vested with the government for distribution amongst landless tribals as part of the land reforms program and also included tracts of forests. Moreover, although the land was originally acquired for a “usual” steel plant, last September Jindal got SEZ status for the project, with active help from the state government, which dispensed with the requirement for following most regulations for building and running the plant, including crucial requirements such as doing an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The government was, and is, not bothered about the setting up of an SEZ having a polluting steel plant in the middle of a forested area, dispossessing tribals from their land and endangering their means of survival. Understandably, there were major grievances amongst the tribals against this, although the mainstream media had constantly portrayed a very rosy picture of the entire project.

The land mine explosion was blamed as usual on the Maoist insurgents allegedly active for a long time in Salboni and the adjacent Lalgarh area. According to press reports, the Maoist movement is active in twelve police station areas in the three adjoining districts of West Midnapur, Bankura and Purulia. Three junior-level policemen were suspended and show-cause notices were served on a few senior officers for negligence of duty.

Usually, the police harass and arrest tribal villagers after every Maoist attack; this time in order to hide their own failure in providing security to its political masters, and to save their skin from the wrath of the government, the police went on a rampage in the tribal villages. Having no clue about the real perpetrators of the land mine explosion, they started beating up and arresting people indiscriminately. Among the first to be arrested were three teenage students, Aben Murmu, Gautam Patra and Buddhadeb Patra, who were returning from a village festival during the night. They were charged with sundry charges including waging war against the state, conspiracy, attempt to murder, using dangerous weapons and obstructing justice. Then during the day on 4th November, an armed police party arrested Dipak Pratihar of Kantapahari village while he was buying medicine from a chemist’s shop in Lalgarh for his pregnant wife Lakshmi. In the process the police brutally beat up Lakshmi and threw her to the ground. She had to be subsequently hospitalized. Ten people were arrested during the police raids and beaten up, including a retired teacher Khsamananda Mahato and a civil contractor Shamsher Alam from Chotopeliya village, who was visiting the area for a day for some construction work. Although these two people were subsequently released, as the police could not formulate any charges against them, the rest were kept in police custody.

The police and CRPF, led by the officer in charge of Lalgarh police station, Sandeep Sinha Roy and the superintendent of police of West Midnapore district, Rajesh Singh, unleashed a reign of terror in 35 villages encompassing the entire tribal belt of Lalgarh. In raids throughout the night of November 6th, women were brutally kicked and beaten up with lathis and butts of guns. Among the injured, Chitamani Murmu, one of whose eyes was hit by a gun butt, and Panamani Hansda, who was kicked on her chest and suffered multiple fractures, had to hospitalized. Chitamani’s lost her eye because of the injury. Eight other women were badly wounded. These police brutalities soon reached a point where the adivasis had no other option but to rise up in revolt.

The adivasis of India are one of the most oppressed and downtrodden groups of people in the country. Police oppression is nothing new to the Santhal adivasis of the Bankura-Purulia-Midnapore area. But the unprecedented atrocities inflicted by the police in the past week, especially the wanton attack on women, wore out their patience. On the night of 6th November they assembled near the Lalgarh police station and surrounded it, effectively cutting it off, and the policemen inside, who had been rampaging in villages the previous night but had now locked themselves inside the police station, did not dare to venture out. Electricity to the police station was disconnected and all the lights were broken.

What began as rumblings of protest took the shape of a spontaneous mass uprising the next day. On 7th November, when the ruling CPI(Marxist) was “observing” the anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution throughout West Bengal, ten thousand Santhal men and women, armed with traditional weapons, came out and obstructed the roads leading to Lalgarh, disconnecting it from Midnapur and Bankura. Roads were dug up and tree trunks were placed on the road to obstruct the entry of police vehicles, in the same way as it had been done in Nandigram.

The police jeep and the CPI(M) motorcycle have long been symbols of oppression and terror for villagers throughout West Bengal, so this digging up of roads, besides actually inhibiting the movements of these agents of oppression, have become a symbol of defiance and liberation. Towards the night of 7th November, the people also disconnected telephone and electricity lines, virtually converting a vast area into a liberated zone. The apex social organization of the Santhals, the Bharat Jakat Majhi Madwa Juan Gaonta took up the leadership of the struggle, although the leader of the organization, the “Disham Majhi” Nityananda Hembram has himself admitted that the organization has no control over the movement; rather the movement is controlling the organization.

Smaller organizations of the tribals, such as the Kherwal Jumit Gaonta, that have been playing active roles in the struggle have openly called for armed resistance, stating that there is no other way for the survival of the adivasis.

The demands of the adivasis were so “earthy” and original that the administration did not know how to respond. The demands were that the superintendent of police Rajesh Singh should publicly apologize by holding his ears and doing sit-ups, a traditional way of punishing errant youngsters, the guilty policemen should crawl on the streets of the villages where they had tortured people, rubbing their noses on the ground, again another traditional way of humiliating wrongdoers, and Rs 200,000 compensation for the injured and assaulted. The demands were marked by the total reliance of the adivasis on their traditional systems of dispensing justice, and not looking up to the formal judicial process which they have realized is by nature weighted against the poor and marginalized. Although these demands have since been modified to an unconditional oral apology from the police superintendent and punishment for the policemen involved in the raids, the administration has arrogantly refused to accept these demands, although they have said that the demand of compensation can be considered.

However, the adivasis have been in no mood to accept this “offer” and the upsurge has spread over an even wider area encompassing Dahijuri, Binpur, Jhargram and Bandowan.

The administration has virtually disappeared from these areas. On 10th November, adivasis led by the tribal social organizations set up new roadblocks in the Dahijuri area. When the police lathicharged the assembled people and arrested some of the leaders of the Gaontas, the situation turned explosive. The tribals surrounded the police officials present and a crowd of few thousand adivasis, armed with bows and arrows, axes and daggers, and led by women wielding broomsticks, chased the police for four kilometers along the road leading to Jhargram. The police were forced to retreat from the area and release all the leaders of the social organizations they had arrested.

The movement has been continually intensifying during the past week and spreading over a larger area.

The slogans emanating from the movement have also been changing and now the adivasis are demanding that the dispossession of tribals from their land, forests and water in the name of development and industrialization has to stop. The struggle against state oppression is turning into a bigger struggle against dispossession and marginalization.

The state has been helpless in front of this upsurge and has been trying to “negotiate” with the tribals. But what has been frustrating their efforts is the essentially democratic nature of this upsurge. Although the administration has been holding multiple all-party meetings with the dominant political parties, CPI(M), Trinamool Congress, Congress and the Jharkhand Party, the leaders of these parties have openly admitted to their inability to exert any influence on the adivasis.

The adivasis are not letting any political leaders access to the movement, including tribal leaders like Chunibala Hansda, the Jharkhand Party (Naren faction) MLA from Binpur. They are demanding that any negotiations be carried out in the open rather than behind closed doors. Even traditional leaders like the “Disham Majhi” Nityananda Hembram and other “majhis” are having to talk directly with the adivasis before talking to the administration. Villagers of the ten villages in Lalgarh have formed ten village committees with one coordinating committee to negotiate with the administration. This democratic nature of the upsurge have frustrated all attempts by the administration to “control” the movement till now, and have forced the political parties like the local Trinamool Congress to come out in support, although the state leadership of the party is strangely silent about it.

The state and the CPI(M) have not dared to respond with overt violence yet, although there are news that a motorbike-borne militia is being assembled nearby by Sushanta Ghosh, the notorious CPI(M) minister and Dipak Sarkar, the CPI(M) district secretary. The state has been forced to accede to the bail of the three teenage students arrested by the police and have also send Sandeep Sinha Roy, the notorious O.C of Lalgarh police station, on extended leave. There are also reports that, being unable to quell the resistance, the state government has requested the central government to send paramilitary forces to help in their efforts.

What we are witnessing in the tribal belt of West Bengal is of historical moment. A long oppressed people have risen up and are daring to confront their oppressors and question the logic of “development” that destroys their lives and livelihoods. It is interesting to observe that the nature of confrontation with the state, exceptional in scale and intensity, seems to be inspired by the popular resistance at Nandigram – thereby, providing some sort of continuity to the possibilty of an emerging people’s struggles against state repression.

The West Bengal government has been alleging that the movement is being organized and led by the Maoists, and that the Lalgarh area has become a “liberated zone” for them. These are common ploys used by the CPI(M), the government and its sympathisers to brand and delegitimize popular movements. The mainstream media, a faithful ally of the state in such matters, has been repeating the same allegations and lamenting that such acts, which are being dubbed anarchic in nature, has resulted in the breakdown of civil authority. In this manner, attempts are being made to dissociate the urban civil society and intelligentsia from the movement, who have not yet been able to formulate a response to the upsurge. Moreover, using such rhetoric, the state is perhaps also trying to legitimize whatever steps it wishes to adopt in overcoming the resistance.

It is quite expected that radical political forces would have been active among the adivasis as the latter have been the most downtrodden people in India and it is their land and resources which is being handed over for corporate plunder. However the presence and participation of the Maoists or similar forces in no way delegitimizes this seemingly spontaneous, and democratic, expression of people’s anger. This is amply expressed by what Arati Murmu, a woman who had been assaulted by the police, and who had gone to block the Lalgarh police station had to say:

“Whenever there is a Maoist attack the police raid our villages and torture our women and children. For how long will we suffer this oppression by the police? All of us are Maoists, let the police arrest us. Today we have come out.”

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Nov 14, 2008

Yesterday the movement spread to Jhargram town in one direction and crossed over from the Jhargram subdivision, where the movement has been continuing for the past week, to the Midnapore sub division. Jhargram town has been disconnected from the rest of the state. On the other hand, roads have been dug up 4 km away from Midnapore town. Yesterday, leaders of the Bharat Majhi Madwa, Prabir Murmu and Munshiram Murmu, had been talking to the administration and at the end of the day they said that the movement would be withdrawn from Jhargram. But as soon as they went back to the protesters, the latter declined to withdraw the movement. Munshiram Murmu was reportedly roughed up by the protesters. As a result, they made a volte face and declared that the movement will continue.

The Bharat Majhi Madwa has again stated that they have no control over the movement. Yesterday, to complement the traditional show of force by the santhal villagers, the Santhal Students’ Association took out a motorbike rally in Jhargram town. Also, the latest news say that the centre has declined to send the CRPF because of the impending assembly election in 4 states. (Sanhati)

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Gorkhaland

Lolly pop to the people of North bengal, from the Left from Kolkata has thrown for the hard works and efforts in the garden … where is all the taxes they cut … where????? (true story, in the capital such amount of money, ten times more are sanctioned for roads… my god … why don’t the people scripting news write down the names of the agent how dopes his kind of drugs… to the innocent people of North Bengal. Wake up the people of North bengal … its the 20th century where r u all standing today… in the garden plucking tea. WARRANTY of the Gorkhali students (in hunger strike) is sponsored by the West Bengal Govt. & the Central Government of India.

The Gorkhali students are likely to become terrorist and anti-nation activists, if the West Bengal and Central government politicians just keep on suppressing the long dated (before, the reunion of the Republic of India) demand made by the people (Gorkhali’s) living in the “Darjeeling District, West Bengal (since,1947)” and all over Republic of India.

The warranty unscripted, is honoured by the Central and the state government of India. Bombast, anti-nation activities are sure to happen like in many other parts of India (mostly because, the section of people eating the prime juice resist a democratic movement & welfare of the hard working mass).

The Center Govt. have no concern as for themselves are in a political beep, but if this is democracy of India then there is no solution for the consequence. Darjeeling District geographically in touch with several countries just few miles around with Bangladesh, China, Nepal & the North East which can be a prime mess zone like Kashmir, the Northeast, many southern states etc. if the demand is not met democratically.

Till this time the simple Gorkhali’s were very loyal to this country, there are many AGENCIES helping human rights & democracy. Therefore, who shall be responsible for it, the state government politicians (people earning daily life downing politics) have no concern, that place its not their vote bank and for the center the state might pull down there government.

The Gorkhali’s don’t seem to be coward by their history and they are the ones to guard the countries border, and very much familiar with it at ground level.

Its better to die then resist suppression of people absorbing the influential position which the Gorkhali’s have lived since long and reasoning for (as a minority in the West bengal Govt.).

It s a very risky scenario for the Central Govt to ignore, they have to take responsibilities, go the difficult areas and apprehend with the demand, its the birth right of the Gorkhali’s, one of the many citizens of India serving the nation humbly and the demand is only for development and Bengali fellow friend writing blogs think over, the Gorkhali’s are not burning your house… but u people r trying to do that… are u truely educated, humorous, social this is not your fathers nation and say what u feel like….

Its a high risk alert, just needs a flick and everything might become a mess. The central nor the state politician have ever participated in this demand & which i have, the fury is very high… Its not the new party funding the demand, but there are many volunteers (unemployed youths, repositioned by the state and central govt. Ignorance). At a glance, if the current state govt. with such long tenure of governance, mandates Gorkhaland may deem failure in many opposing people thought, but it more logical for a good political party to amend history the coming future which will be learnt and adhered.

The government should act wisely and set a democratic resolution for the peoples welfare, the political parties ruling government should not provoke such situations. The demand is all for the welfare, the West Bengal government has no opposing rights, the politician are more interested gathering vote by encouraging people and disturbing the communal harmony in the nation and the people living in the areas of the said, Gorkhaland.

The North Bengal a major business transaction zone connecting the northeast geographically as a corridor to the northeast states with the rest of India which have a very unbalanced social and economical structure in regards with development. If looked upon since 1947 and evaluated with the southern part of Bengal which claim the north bengal people as tea plucker of their gardens. And as for the native of the North Bengal (populated mostly by nomadic people – Adhi basi, Raj bangsi, Gorkhali, Bi-bengali and many others) are socially, economically and politically manipulated by the people from the Writers, sucking the juice of fruits swoon with effort of the north Bengal people free of cost, what the Kolkata people in the writers have contributed, till time if noticed, major groups of people demanding welfare are always suppressed by the left as anti-nation activist in the eyes of the central govt. and thats the true story of the Left governing sequence it has been proven many times many place the naxalist started from here, but what position are they in… ??? they have been arrest revolting for democracy. Everything is mobilized from the writer everything likely CPM agents and caders they can sallow crores of money… the innocent people drag rickshaws, pluck tea leaves in the garden ans next generation will do the same.. what has happened all this fifty five years of independence… but dear north bengal friends don’t revolt or you shall be called bangladeshi.. by the people in the writers building this is their politics for such a long tenure. Your houses will be burnt don’t, your only livelihood tea garden will be closed and burnt… be careful. if u dont believe check a bit of history. this is the regime of Left Jyoti Basu, Buddhadev, Ashok Bhattercharjee etc . (list is long can’t name all)agents.. they all have the hot seats they don’t want to leave they will do anything for it they r enjoying the best of life, hell about the public. and geographically, socially, economically, south bengal is no use for north bengal, the south bengal is for bangladesh trading many importing arm’s for the CPM caders (did u see it in Nandigram) those r the ones. In history Calcutta was a shipping deck, the british are gone its no more use… Kolkata was important for that time now its no use… the north bengal people are paying tax for free.. i can count the developments in the North bengal… the only solution is a separate state.. separate from Kolkata.

Wake up people don’t lick the lolly pop.. The people of south bengal are planing to make our future generation their waiters, tea plucker, phoocha wala, stone the CPM agents they are manupulating our innonce, we have contributed so much to the south bengal people what have they done..only false promises. Made us driver, rickshaw pullers, not a single Medical College/Engineering College has been opened … What has happened is by the efforts of the North Bengal people they are trying to rule indirectly… Understand bhandu log… Ammi Gorkhli Bhadra log.. Gani tumi. The educated people they easily earn. a living, what about the poor fellows of north bengal… Whats has the left done… Dropped bags of money during election and funded for unions… What else.. They are creep, which did Bhuddadev CM published the total state fund/ Money Reoprt/ budgetary report of the last 31years.. Will he be able to do that i guess they don’t have the record… Thank you for reading
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Marxists Have to Strike Deal Afresh on Gorkhaland while Ruling Hegemony try best to Create a Banga Desh

Marxists Have to Strike Deal Afresh on Gorkhaland while Ruling Hegemony try best to Create a Banga Desh

Palash Biswas

I visited Darjeeling a few years back in September, 2002. Long back from recent crisis in West Bengal Hills. I tried to meet Subhash Ghising but failed. No one could help me because no one had any contact with Ghising. He was quite an isolated personality castled in Darjeeling Gurkha Hill Autonomous Council.I talked to journalists based in Darjeeling and met all the Press Club people there. Without any result. Ghising have been an autocrat since the first day in Power. This is the trend and predestined result of popular movements in this divided , bleeding geopolitics all over. It has happened to Bangla Nationality in Bangladesh. A corrupt political leadership has led the country to Islamic Nationality Anarchy. It happened to the Non Congress Experiment after the historical defeat of Legendary Mrs Indira Gandhi back in 1977. Total Revolution resulted in Total Corruption. It is repeated once again with leaders like Lalu Yadav, Karunanidhi, Chandra Babu Naidu, Jailalita, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kumarswami, Naveen Patnaik,Shibu Soren, Mayawati and others taking over with different colorful ideologies and Banners. Even Sangh Parivar and great NDA experiment could not escape. In Left ruled states , Regimented ruling Hegemony is so strong because it is fed by Corruption on Grass Root Level. All political Icons are perhaps predestined to be isolated Autocrats! The Marxist Regimented Hegemony in West Bengal has been always defending Ghising ignoring ground realities in the Hills. Siliguri Don Ashok Bhattachary had the last word in affairs relating Hills. Dinahata firing and Death Processions in tea gardens, resurgence of Congress in North Bengal nothing could alert the Left Front Leadership. Hill people could not find any solution for their Identity crisis. Life and Livelihood, day to day problems made the situation worse. Starvation, Displacement, Women Trafficking, Death Procession continued with Ghishing in Power without any Election. It had to explode and finally it exploded. But the Left Front, even after this explosion tends to defend the autocrat Subhash Ghising as he finds shelter in Writers Building Kolkata.

The Nation is unaware of Partition History and the Villainous role of our so called National leaders, specially the Bengali Caste Hindu leaders! I dare to warn that De facto Prime Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Gestapo Head Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Sahitya Akedemy President Sunil Gangopadhyay and PCC President Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi are trying their best to create a Bangadesh! Soviet Union underestimated perestroika and Glasnost. What happened , we all know. This Ruling Brahminical Hegemony and its opposition led by Ms Mamta Bannerjee, and pro Globalisation Brahmincal Civil society led by Dr Amartya Sen, Mrinal sen, Saumitra Chatterjee, Aparna sen, Gautam Ghosh, Mahasweta Devi and so on, never cares for the Dali Bengali Refugees, Five Crore of them scattered countrywide as partition victims, deprived of citizenship, reservation, mother tongue, civil and human rights. This ruling Hegemony consists of one hundred or maximum Two hundred Kolkata Based Brahmin and Caste Hindu families. Thus, it doesn’t care for rest of Bengali population even in West Bengal. It has intense apathy against the persecuted East Bengal Dalit Bengalies crossing the border continuously. It has sieged the SC ST OBC leaders to enslave the Majority people. It has managed Infinite Enblock support of Muslim Vote Bank to hold the power for the Ruling Hegemony. it has got control over Media, Money, Mafia and all spheres of life including education, health, culture, language ,etc.

Priya Ranjan Dashmunshi already have demanded to rename West Bengal as Banga Bhoomi or Bangadesh. Pranab Mukherjee has launched a nationwide deportation Drive against Dalit Partition Victim Bengali Refugees. Buddhadeb has initiated a scientific process of Regress and Depopulation with SEZ, PCPIR, FDI, Retail capitalist Development Campaign. Sunil Gango is helped to install himself as President of sahitya Akedemy for resurgence of Liberatin Bangla Brahminical Nationality. The Marxists of Bengal have all foreign links now as they never had thanks to Globalisation. Please read the actual content of Buddha Bush alliance!

Everyone reacted vehemently against Amachi Mumbai Movement. But Marxist agression against SC, ST, OBC and Muslims in Marichjhanpi to Nandigram happens to be a quite Legacy. Non Bengalies have to merge their identity in Bengali supremacy. The Hindi Speaking population plus intelligentsia do the same. Only the Marwaries resist and they are paid back well. Bengali agression has been overlooked but Dalit and Muslim Bengalies are subject to persecution all over the country. What a Game!

Marxists of West Bengal did try to finish Communist Movement in North India. No leadership is allowed for Hindi speaking masses in communist parties. All communist parties including the Naxals always elect Brahmin or Ex Zamindar General secretary in India. Stalin tried his best to solve the Nationality problems in Russia. Thus, Soviet Union was created and it prevailed. Since the demise of Soviet Union, no soviet leader addressed the Nationality Problem anymore. And CIA could disintegrate USSR. Indian Democracy never addressed nationality problem. AFSPA and military operations have been the solutions of Nationality problems in North east, Kashmir and Tamilnadu. At best, they allowed creation of three smaller states Jharkhand , Chhattish Gargh and Uttarakhand to satisfy the aspirations of nationality identities in Indian Mainland. On the other hand, ruling Hindi nationality, Bengali Brahmnical Marxist Nationality, Malayalam Brhaminical marxist Nationality, Kashmiri and Punjabi Hindu nationalities became the components of not only national, but also Post Modern Galaxy Brahminical, Zionist, White Manusmriti Ruling Hegemony!

Thus, no wonder, the Marxists never initiated any process to solve Tamil, Manipuri, Naga, Mizo, Ahmia, Bhutani, kashmiri, Maratha, Kannad, Manipuri, Gujrati and other nationality problems in India. In Darjiling, simply the stroke a deal with Subhash Ghising and held Gorkha Nationality enslaved to ruling Bengali Brahminical Marxist Nationality! I am afraid, despite the divide in GNLF, and rise of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the Left Front Brahmin Marxists have enough expertise to strike fresh deals once again! 

(Palas speaks)

Singur To Gorkhaland

Singur To Gorkhaland……

It all started with TATA MOTORS. The first opportunity for the opposition of bengal, and they did not miss it. They started firing all cylinders and the success was not far away from them. Overnight, the hibernated opposition of bengal came into the limelight. If one can take a careful look on bengal political scenario from that point of time, a peculiar trend can be easily identified. Singur, Nandigram, Taslima Nasrin, Death of Rizwanur Rahman and so on and so forth. One can easily locate the fact that whatever small be the significance of those issues, it all became national news, and congress with AITC came back in the political scenario of bengal once again. Back with a bang, and few more bangs followed.
Singur, an example of how a government should implement the policy of industrialization within the constraints of an agrarian economy. The oppositions started there with no issue, with some fictitious land owners who are unwilling to give their land for industrialization. Out of the blue, a movement started, and we observed, how fast a local issue can be made national. As that was a movement after a long gap of hibernation, no opposition party left this issue. We saw the inevitable conglomeration. The extreme right, mixed up with the extreme left. The policy was simple: I will do anarchy, if you stop me, you are barbarian, if you don’t, you are inefficient. The same policy continued and gained importance day by day. Issue of Taslima Nasrin was jumbled up with the heartbreaking death of Rizwanur Rahman. The most important issues behind those are simply ignored and all the media houses fought with their everything to manufacture the dissent against the government.
They lost the first round, but at that very moment, a momentary lapse from the part of the government, it all began again. Nandigram. Fresh oxygen for the confused opposition and this time no mistake done. In Singur, few elements of the opposition were missing and they did not leave them this time. Armed forces of Jharkhandi party and Maoists took the charge inside Nandigram, ABP group and other big media houses took the charge to take the matter into peoples heart. Each and every CPI(M) supporter was tortured or killed and driven out from their village in Nandigram.
Suddenly we came to know from some of their hired fantasizers that thousands of children of the family of the oppositions were kidnapped and killed by tearing them apart from leg. With their excellent capability of emotional penmanship, motivated by huge amount of silver tonic, they were somehow able to reach the kitchen of our households. By the time it is a known fraud, it has done its work. 13 months the CPI(M) supporters were not allowed to enter into their village, and when they entered, with their spines straight, heads high and desperate urge to come back home, our beloved Governor termed the homecoming as “recapture”. We forgot to ask him about the “capture”.
Making their homecoming an issue, again few peoples died, obviously from both side, more obviously most of them were CPI(M) supporters.
Then came the Panchayat Election. We had anticipation, but not of this much bloodshed. Only during the campaign to election period, more than 30 CPI(M) workers and supporters were murdered.
And now, the fresh wind of Gorkhaland, a dangerous attempt to divide Bengal. The government again taking stern position against it, but we know the hills. We never had very flowery experience from subas ghisingh. We are accustomed with dictatorship, torture, implication of fictitious legislation there. We can remember, when the Gorkhaland movement was on its peak form, the CPI(M) MLA was not allowed to enter into his district. The cars were forced to write GL in their number plate and much much more. At that time their was no series of organized disturbance backing up, but now it is very much there. The hill of Bengal is already very troubled, we are waiting for the worst to happen. The policy is the same, either the government is inefficient, or barbarian.
Now, what can be the possible reason and incentive for this sudden series of attack? If only the state’s election be the agenda, it should have happened much earlier. Then something must be there for which the left government of bengal and left participation from bengal in Indian Politics is a major threat. And no prize for guessing the real reason. Yes, the Indo-US Civil Nuclear Deal. The Congress Government tried its best to eliminate this threat, but still no silver lining to their dark failure. They funded a lot for various influencial machineries, ranging from big media houses to so called “sushil samaj” of kolkata. They only ended up with few more panchayat seats, no significant uprising is visible, not in the remote future too. Still the congress government has to depend on the left to stay in the chair. Though they have started their intelligent both sided strategy, one is to pacify the US simultaneously pacifying the left by creating a co-ordination committee, still everything is going wrong for them. Inflation, oil price rise, N-deal, nothing is moving in favor of them right now. So, if, by any means they can uproot, or even destabilize the LF government in West Bengal, 90% work is done for them. Right now, Congress is busy searching ally, but the main ally samajbadi party is still very well tilted towards left parties. The situation, by no means, is favorable towards the Congress, and the N-Deal too. Time is less, and passing faster than anything. We are afraid, what is the next attack on West Bengal?

We are forgetting the most important aspect of this anarchy

Every one of us, who empathize with the cause of CPIM or in the least, the left front government is raising their voices against the anarchy, opposition parties have unleashed in rural and urban Bengal. While these voices need to remain active on ground against any anti-left agenda, we should not forget the most important aspect of the past 12-18 months, that being Trinamool Congress, Maoists and all the other anti-left factions’ could sustain this for a long period. If it is just an effort to destabilize without any support of from the people, I sincerely doubt if someone can sustain these kind of hopeless, bankrupt movement for so long. Now is the right time that we ask these questions to ourselves in hindsight that what was wrong with us. It is simply a good sign that the Panchayat election has raised several questions, which I am sure, will be addressed by both party and the government. However, the unfortunate part is whether we were ready to ask ourselves the same questions, even if there had been no Panchayat election to take place.

Simply put, there is a section of rural people who felt the opposition to be more trustworthy, even after their long allegiance with CPIM and left front. While one of the reasons is undoubtedly a fear of losing the means of living or the fear of losing the land, the trust factor played an important role. When we went to people with the slogan of industrialization, there were fewer takers of that. Though we cannot generalize this as a trend all over the state right now, but East Midnapore has shown that this can spread across, unless we work on re-building the trust by our everyday life and being on the side of the people during everyday movement. We need to strongly uphold the slogan of running the government for people’s interest that can be ensured by thousands of left activists working relentlessly to protect the interest of people and not just implementing the government agenda (Not party). (PRAGOTI)